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Shiremoor Adventure Playground Trust is Seeking New Trustees

Shiremoor Adventure Playground Trust, a registered charitable incorporated organisation, consists of a group of volunteers who fundraise and provide management, advice and guidance to playground staff. The Trust is currently aiming to expand its membership and is seeking people from a broad range of backgrounds with skills in HR, PR and marketing, financial management, legislation, governance and campaigning. The Trust is committed to strengthening diversity and inclusion, to better understand and reflect the needs of the communities that we work with and the recruitment process is open to all.

Find about more about Shiremoor Adventure Playground by reading their most recent Annual Report.

Trustees currently meet in the evening of the first Wednesday of every month, at the playground. Outside of meetings, trustees are expected to engage in other tasks to support the charity, depending on their expertise. This is not likely to take more than an additional few hours a month.

If you have the skills we are seeking, have an interest in children’s play and would like to contribute to our work, please let us know by contacting Keeks McGarry (manager at the playground) on keeks.mcgarry@northtyneside.gov.uk

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Trustees wanted at Healthwatch North Tyneside

Healthwatch North Tyneside is seeking four new volunteers to join their Board of Trustees. As a trustee you will play a vital role in setting the direction, overseeing work and working with health and social care providers to improve services.

They want to hear from anyone who wants to make a real difference to people’s lives in North Tyneside. You should have the skills and experiences to help them deliver their aims and at least 3 hours a month available to volunteer.

You can find download the application pack here.

The closing date for applications is 15 February 2020.

HWNT trustees will review your application and will invite you to meet with the Director and two Trustees to get to know more about each other informally.

Decisions to select new Trustees are taken at meetings of they Trustees. If you are not successful, they will provide feedback.

If you have any questions, please contact Paul Jones on p.jones@hwnt.co.uk or 0191 263 5321.

Read more about the role and Healthwatch North Tyneside here.

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Scotswood Garden seeks new Chair and Treasurer

Scotswood Garden is seeking a new chair and treasurer to join their existing team of six trustees. They’re particulary keen to find people who share their purpose and values, who are commited to community and people, and are creative, enterprising and brave.

Scotswood Garden aims to promote learning about nature, the environment and sustainable living, whilst having a positive impact on mental health and wellbeing.

Read more and apply here.

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Citizens Advice North Tyneside

North Tyneside Citizens Advice is a registered charity with a Board of Trustee Directors, who help oversee the running of the charity and decide on future strategy and priorities.

Although some of the Trustee roles require specific skills, they welcome people of all ages, backgrounds and experience. As the Board of Trustees tends to meet in the evenings, this role could well fit with other full-time employment or responsibilities. If you would like to play a central role in a well-known and respected charity, this volunteer role might be just what you’re looking for.

See existing board of trustees here.

Read more and apply here.

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Walking With in North Tyneside: Volunteer Trustee

Walking With in North Tyneside supports asylum seekers, refugees and other members of the local community in North Tyneside with a clear focus at present on Wallsend. Based currently in Wallsend centre. They provide a food bank, clothing bank and targeted support for asylum seekers, those seeking refugee status and members of the community in need. Having been in operation for 18 years, the organisation is supported by a wide range of bodies, including local churches, schools, community groups and individuals. There is a team of dedicated volunteers who work directly with the clients, particularly during open house sessions on Mondays and Wednesdays. They also provide craft sessions, a conversation café and English lessons, all delivered by the volunteer team. There is always a warm welcome to anyone to join this team.

Walking With is managed by a full time manager who reports to the Board of Trustees. They are seeking two/three individuals to complement the team by becoming volunteer trustees to share in the overall management, oversight and development of the organisation. The board meets formally up to six times per annum with the opportunity to attend open house sessions, development groups and training opportunities as appropriate. Trustees are also encouraged to take specific responsibility for oversight of a particular aspect of our work, e.g. safeguarding, volunteer support, financial monitoring. This is a particularly exciting time to join the organisation as they are currently are seeking to expand our provision, increase our overall volunteer team across the piece and generally to increase the scope of their operation substantially. They therefore seek trustees who can contribute to this development, who are energetic, optimistic and flexible. Induction and training are given.

What skills do I need?

Individuals who offer financial, administrative, organisational, fundraising, analytical and technical skills. However, a genuine appreciation of the needs of the client group, a willingness to learn how this group is best supported and a shared conviction that together Walking With can make a real and enduring difference in the lives of those who turn to them for help is of prime importance. If this is an area which interest you, and to which you feel you could contribute meaningfully, then they would love to speak with you. Learn more by visiting the Walking With website.

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Rising Sun Farm seeking new Trustees

The Rising Sun Farm Trust manages a 70.8 hectares (175 acres) farm within the Rising Sun Country Park, which includes pigs, poultry, sheep, a livery, food house & bakery and day care centre (a centre for adults with learning difficulties). The surplus generated from the farming activities goes back to the Trust for investment into the farm for the benefit of the local community and to ensure the long term stability of the farm and its Trust. A partnership arrangement exists between the Trust and North Tyneside Council with a view to managing the entire country park in a joined up and coherent approach.

The farm and country park are free and open to all. There are self-led walking trails and the country park’s Countryside Centre contains a restaurant. Fresh home-grown produce can be purchased at the farm.

The Trust promotes information and educational activities on horticulture and livestock production, provides advice and support on the growing and cooking of healthy foods and provides a welcoming and engaging environment for leisure and recreation activities for local residents.The Trust aims to provide a thriving, high quality, working farm providing opportunities and resources for education, learning, recreation and participation for the community of North Tyneside.

Trustee Responsibilities:

  • To oversee the management of the Trust’s commercial Trading Company
  • To ensure the Trust is meeting its charitable objectives
  • To comply with the charity’s governing document and the law
  • To act in the charity’s best interests
  • To manage the charity’s resources responsibly
  • To act with reasonable care and skill
  • To ensure the charity is accountable
  • To reduce the risk of liability

Main duties:

  • To attend quarterly trustee meetings


  • Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at Rising Sun Farm prior to their first board meeting.
  • Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings, which are held four times a year.

What skills do I need?

You don’t need to have any specific skills or experiences to apply for this role, however all trustees must have:

  • a commitment to the mission of the Farm Trust
  • a willingness to devote the necessary time and effort
  • integrity
  • strategic vision
  • good, independent judgement
  • an ability to think creatively
  • a willingness to speak their mind
  • an understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • an ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of the Trust

The Trust is keen to hear from people who have skills and experience in the following areas:

  • management
  • accounting
  • HR
  • charity governance

Read more here.

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